Is Al Gore Going To Run For President?
According to Buzzfeed, Al Gore supporters have begun conversations with the former Veep about a possible 2016 run. “But in recent days, ‘they’re getting the old gang together,’ a senior Democrat told BuzzFeed News.”
“They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically,” the Democrat said. “It feels more real than it has in the past months.”
The speculation does not look good for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Clinton is currently getting some negative press: the FBI is examining the homebrewed computer she used for State Department business and politically and her competitor Bernie Sanders took the lead in the early primary state of New Hampshire. It might be a good time for someone else to jump into the race.
But, “a member of Gore’s inner circle asked to be quoted ‘pouring lukewarm water’ — not, note, cold water — on the chatter.”
“This is people talking to people, some of whom may or may not have talked to him,” the Gore adviser said.
Roy Neel, a former top adviser to Gore, said Thursday he hadn’t spoken to Gore about it and dismissed the idea of a bid. “It’s extremely unlikely,” he said.
Gore himself didn’t immediately reply to an inquiry emailed to his personal account.
In 2008, Gore declined to endorse Hillary in the Democrat primary race.